A former bank teller in Forsyth County is accused of stealing more than $10,000 from customers’ accounts.
However, he claims he was forced to by another man who threatened to reveal the bank teller’s affair with a coworker.
Jordan Paul Jernigan, 22, was arrested last month in connection with $12,500 that was missing from the Wells Fargo branch off Johns Creek Parkway, Channel 2 Action News reported. The sheriff’s office incident report, which revealed the alleged extortion and blackmail, was obtained by Channel 2 on Wednesday.
The bank’s internal investigators contacted deputies about the missing money in late spring, Channel 2 reported. Jernigan allegedly gained access to the accounts of multiple customers and withdrew the money in April and May.
Investigators determined that Jernigan provided that money to Nicholas Brown, the sheriff’s office told AJC.com. According to the report, Jernigan said Brown extorted the money out of him in exchange for staying quiet about the affair.
Deputies have obtained arrest warrants for Brown, but he moved to California before the warrants were signed, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies plan to extradite him to Georgia when he’s arrested to face three counts of fraud and theft by taking.
Wells Fargo told the news station that Jernigan no longer works at the bank but wouldn’t comment further because the investigation is ongoing.
Jernigan faces multiple felony charges, including four counts of identity fraud, one count of computer crime and invasion of privacy and a count of theft by taking, the sheriff’s office said. He was previously released from the county’s jail on a $17,180 bond.
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